More than 26 years ago, friends Ben Smart and Olivia Hope celebrated New Year’s Eve at Furneaux Lodge in the Marlborough Sounds. […]

There’s been no trace of Ben and Olivia since the early hours of New Year’s Day. Their bodies and possessions have never been found.

On Monday the Court of Appeal will begin hearing a second appeal from the man convicted of their murders, Scott Watson.

Watson was convicted of double-murder in 1999 following a three-month jury trial in the Wellington High Court. He was sentenced to life-imprisonment and ordered to serve at least 17 years in jail.

NZ Herald

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